California and the Nation – Happy Belated Valentine’s Day—Alleged Revenge Porn Operator Arrested – Ca – News

Three down…

“Meyering was arrested in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by agents with the California Department of Justice’s eCrime Unit, the Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety and the Tulsa Police Department, and was charged with five felony counts of extortion.

“This behavior is the very definition of predatory and this website made a game out of humiliating victims for profit,” Attorney General Harris said. California is trying to extradite him.”


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Revenge porn: The horror ‘love court’ of the 21st century

“Revenge porn has also become popular in Nigeria, especially among university undergraduates, who post explicit content of their mates, ex-lovers or perceived ‘enemies’ as some form of quick revenge. Online, there are thousands links to sites that show various degrees of nudity which have resulted in the suspension or expulsion of the exposed students. Most times, in Nigeria, the culprits are never caught and so the victims suffer the shame and scorn alone.

For Bisola (real names withheld), an undergraduate of one of the private universities in Nigeria, when pictures of her naked self giving a ‘blow job’ to her ex-boyfriend (whose face did not appear in the picture) surfaced and trended online, she wished to die. Not only was she the laughing stock of the school, she was promptly expelled and her parents sent her away to live with her grandmother in Ode-Omu,  community in Osun State. According to her, she attempted suicide by taking drug overdoses a few times but later found solace in a church and made peace with her conscience.

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No, copyright is not the answer to revenge porn — Tech News and Analysis

“Using copyright to combat revenge porn is an appealing idea, but also one that will rarely work and that could do more harm than good.

First, even if 80 percent of revenge porn photos are selfies, as Levendowski claims, that doesn’t mean that victims  can easily claim damages “to the tune of up to $150,000 per photo.” Under the Copyright Act, in order to be eligible to claim that oft-cited $150,000 damages figure (the actual number ranges from $750 to $150,000), a person must first register the photo with the U.S. Copyright Office — which requires paying a fee and submitting copies of the (nude) photos to the U.S. government. It’s unlikely that many revenge porn victims will have the will and time to go through that process.

In any event, whether the photo is registered or not, the only thing a copyright notice does do is oblige the revenge porn operator to remove the photo one time. This means that anyone can resubmit the photo, possibly requiring the victim to file a takedown notice over and over again. And, as Levendowski herself notes, the copyright notices may serve to draw more attention to the photos than existed before. In most revenge porn cases, copyright will provide some victims with a temporary reprieve at best.”

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Complicity in Revenge Porn? – By: Christina Gagnier

Complicity in Revenge Porn?
By: Christina Gagnier
Nerd Lawyer, Political Geek, Lover of Information


“This brings us back to the issue with law enforcement officials, advocates, legislators and others who are trying to protect victims of revenge porn but, at the same time, proclaim disbelief that someone would share a naked photo of themselves with another individual.

We get it. You would never share anything that might be judged as inappropriate online. You have never sent an instant message to someone with a remark you did not want shared with a third party or sent an email to someone that, if it was shared publicly, you could be embarrassed or something worse could happen. You have never shared something privately online or using a device, like a smartphone, which could later be used without your permission with a third party. If this is you, you are extremely lucky and exceedingly prudent.”


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